By Joni Zenker George
“I wouldn’t have done it, but it was my son….it’s not an easy decision to make, but it was either going to be him or my son. And it wasn’t going to be my son. There’s nothing more dangerous than a woman with a child.”
–Sarah McKinley as told to KOCO
Oklahoma City, OK
By now, I’m sure you have all heard about the young Oklahoma mother, Sarah McKinley, who recently shot and killed an intruder to protect her baby and herself. This was widely reported in the media, and in spite of hundreds of stories that are negative in the mainstream media about “guns killing” this story was, astoundingly, reported in a positive light.
In addition to being a story that the common criminal might take notice of; it’s also an inspiring story which might make every mother listen. Why? Because we can also protect our families. In fact, we must.
She was the only line of defense for her baby, herself, and her home.
The criminals, two men, one of which were armed with a knife and were trying to break in–she was alerted by the family dog barking at the door. She picked up her shotgun, and she picked up the phone and asked for permission to shoot–after putting her baby in the bedroom and gave him a bottle to keep him quiet.
It took the man a while to kick the door in.
The men were greeted with a shotgun blast.
The police called the shooting justified.
Our forefathers knew that armed citizenry is sometimes the only thing that will keep a government (and a roaming criminal!) honest.
Oklahoma is one of thirty states with a “castle doctrine”.
She was her child’s first line of defense.
Actually when you think about it, this also happens to be the case with most mothers in most homes across the country on a daily basis.
We are the first line of defense for our families.
What a responsibility!
Who spends the most time home with the children?
Fathers are usually out of the home during work hours and home invaders these days use the daylight hours just as much as they once used the nighttime hours. It doesn’t bother them to break and enter in the broad daylight.
You, as a mother, have a right to have a weapon and use it to protect your family, yourself, and your possessions.
You, as a woman, also have a right to carry a weapon. Each state has their own laws, but for any law-abiding citizen who is willing to take the classes and become certified, you can also carry a weapon and go almost anywhere with your confidence carried in knowing you have the pistol tucked into your purse.
I took my Concealed Carry Weapons class from a police officer. This class lasted for 8 hours and was about $150. It started with teaching, learning, testing and ended with a time on the gun range, proving that I could shoot, hit the target and shoot from a standing position, a sitting position, a kneeling position and a laying position.
I will never forget the officer telling us that the average response time to a 911 call is more than enough time for you and your whole family to be killed.
A good officer is pleased, happy and wanting law abiding citizens to be carrying. This is music to their ears. WHY? Because they need all the help they can get.
And in an age of budgets being cut and forces growing smaller in number, you are the best line of defense for your loved ones and yourself.
In a concealed carry class, you will learn:
2. A person must have a willingness to personal protection during a violent encounter, know what the different levels of awareness of these dangers in your home or when you are out, you must be an alert person, and know when a situation is appropriate to be alarmed.
3. Learn how to shoot accurately for self-protection, and what center of mass is, shooting from behind a “cover”, when NOT to shoot if the perpetrator is concealed, and laws pertaining to guns and the use of deadly force, to know what the laws are concerning the use of a handgun in self-defense, and to be aware that you can be arrested anytime you use a handgun.
5. How to store your personal guns, and the ammunition appropriate to use; and the biggest rule of all: know your target and what is behind it.
So, ladies, learn and know your guns, and know which bullets fit into it and where they are kept and know how to shoot. (All you need to aim for is the upper torso.)
A mother truly is very dangerous when it comes to her children.
“I would do it again, not because I’d want to, but because of my son.”
Think about it.